Incident Summary:

09/25/2019: An assailant armed with a crowbar threatened people and smashed items inside of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. Timothy Larson, a QAnon conspiracy theorist, claimed responsibility for the incident and wrote #QAnon Mission Success on social media after the attack. Witnesses stated that Larson accused the church of taking part in "human trafficking" and wrote "evil" at the scene of the attack.



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Location Details:
The incident occurred at 780 Chapel Rd.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Chapel of the Holy Cross
Specific Description Catholic Church
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
A crowbar and spray paint were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Betty McGinnis.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Conspiracy theory extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"'QAnon' Conspiracy Theorist Arrested After Alleged Crowbar Attack on Catholic Church," Newsweek, October 1, 2019.
"A 'QAnon' believer posted long, rambling rants online. Now he's accused of vandalizing the most famous church in Sedona.," NBC 12 WPNX (Phoenix), September 26, 2019.
"Sedona chapel almost fully restored after vandal attack," KGUN 9 ABC (Tucson), October 3, 2019.